Hood interested in return

Jaxon Hood expressed on his twitter page Friday that he is planning a return to football, seemingly at Arizona State.

Jaxon Hood announced in a Friday morning social media post, "I'm back."

A half day after the declaration, it is still unclear if Hood, a defensive tackle who left the Arizona State program several times last year to attend to personal issues, will re-join the program and if so, under what stipulations.

"To those who remained loyal to me, I will not disappoint," Hood tweeted. "You can mark that down."

ASU program sources told SunDevilSource.com Hood had not officially returned to the program, and his exact status is unclear.

ASU coach Todd Graham has never closed the door to the possibility of Hood's return. Both men have expressed a personal closeness with one another, with Hood saying he views Graham as a father figure.

Regarding the specifics of Hood's absence, Graham has expressed that it is unrelated to football and on several occasions said some variation of, "some things are more important than football."

Following his sophomore season, Hood underwent hand surgery that proved limiting in the spring of 2014. Then, during the summer, Hood left the program during the summer and missed the first several weeks of camp in August.

Hood returned to the program out of shape but worked his way back to playing condition and had 10 tackles during the season before again leaving the team following ASU's Nov. 1 win over Utah. He has since not return to play or practice with the team.

As a true freshman in 2012-13 out of Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz., Hood earned Scout.com Freshman All-American honors and started 12 games at nose tackle.

If Hood does return to the Sun Devils he would have two years left to play one season and provide the team with an experienced option at the position.

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